Hand built bowl with Sgraffito surface decoration at Dublin based ceramic course. Later electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

Pottery / Ceramic Classes

2017

All levels welcome from complete beginners to more advanced students and class numbers are limited to a maximum of 7 to ensure individual attention.

***Prior booking is essential for all weekly ceramic courses – classes are full but you will be placed on a waiting list.***

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How do the weekly pottery courses work?

Course fees include all materials (clay and decorating slip), use of equipment/tools, glazes and firing.

2017 Weekly Ceramic Class Schedule

MondayTuesdayWednesday
Morning10:30am – 12:30pm
Evening7:30 – 9:30pm7:30 – 9:30pm7:30 – 9:30pm

Please Note: weekly courses are full but if you contact me you will be placed on a waiting list.

How the Weekly Ceramic Classes Work…

| Part 1 |

How can I join?

| Part 2 |

Course details…

| Part 4 |

When can I join?

| Part 1 |     How can I join?

→ First, you need to be offered a place!  Prior booking is essential for all classes.  Currently weekly classes are full but you will placed on a waiting list.   When a new place comes up the next person on the waiting list gets a spot.  Please email me to be placed on the waiting list.

Please note: until the waiting list clears we are unable to put two people together on the list – places come up one at a time.

→ After you are offered a place on a course I will ask you to pay a booking deposit to hold the spot.

→ The fee for a 6 week course is €170 and includes all materials, glazes, firing of the pieces and use of equipment and tools.

→ The booking deposit is €70 to hold a place.  The course fee less the deposit paid is due at the first class.

→ There is no deposit required for being placed on the waiting list.

→ After booking please note that deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Full Terms and Conditions and Payment Methods for classes are available in the FAQ section.

Student glazing a hand-built bowl. Safety First! In this studio we have a "No Gloves, No Glaze" policy! Always wear gloves while glazing! www.ceramicforms.com
Hand built ceramic vessel constructed with paper clay patches (Paula Cullen), Dublin based weekend course. Fired later to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

| Part 1.1 |     How the courses work…

→ Come and learn how to make hand built ceramics with an award winning artist in a purpose built, bright, modern, fully equipped studio in Castleknock, Dublin.

→ Classes are suitable for all levels as the class size is small – maximum of seven people – so everyone is taught individually and at their own pace.

→ There is a relaxed & friendly atmosphere where first-class tuition is guaranteed.  Pottery is a great way to relax and de-stress while learning a new skill.

| Part 2 |     Course Details…

→ We cover the following hand building methods: press moulds, hump moulds, slab building, soft slabbing, coiling, pinching, patches, quilting, modelling – tailoring the method to your individual project.

→ Your approach can be sculptural or functional, representational or abstracted – the choice is yours.  And in the small class size I offer, you will be guided right through the project from building to decorating to glazing.

→ There is a strong emphasis in the courses on good construction methods, excellent finish and on first-rate decorating techniques; we use coloured slips as well as a wide palette of glazes.  As you can see from the Gallery of Student’s Work the results speak for themselves!  Almost all of my students started with me as beginners to clay.

→ We only use the best quality stoneware clay (including paper clay and porcelain at select weekend courses); as well as a wide range of coloured decorating slips and glazes.

→ Course fees include all materials (clay and decorating slip), use of equipment/tools, glazes and firing.

→ Large library of ceramic books and magazines available that students can refer to for inspiration etc.  There is also lots on ceramic inspiration on my Pinterest  page.

Collection of glazed student pieces at Dublin based ceramic class. Jug and teapot by Anna Turpin, spirit house by Rosemarie Connolly. All electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com
Figure modelled by Paula Cullen in crank clay body at Dublin based Tuesday morning pottery course. Decorating slip detail. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

| Part 3 |     Who can join the classes?

→ All levels welcome from complete beginners to more advanced students and class numbers are limited to seven people to ensure individual attention.  So whether you are a total beginner, an improver or have been working with clay for years there is a place for you in these classes.

→ Currently weekly classes are full but you will placed on a waiting list.   When a new place comes up the next person on the waiting list gets a spot.  Please email me to be placed on the waiting list.

→ Contrary to what you might think you do not have to be “creative” to do pottery or ceramics.  All you need is a willingness to learn and I will teach you the rest!  After all, “genius is one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration.”

Coiled & modelled sculpture by Claire Kavanagh at Dublin based Tuesday evening pottery course. A painterly approach was taken with decorating slips. Later fired in an electric kiln to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

| Part 4 |     When can I join?

→ Well that depends!  You can join at any time as long as there is a place available.  Currently weekly classes are full but you will placed on a waiting list.  Please email me to check availability.

→ After the initial six week course you can then join up for another six weeks if you wish, some people choose to come to classes on an ongoing basis, although this is entirely up to you.

→ All courses run all year round so no withdrawal symptoms over the summer months!

| Part 5 | It’s all about the surface…

Combustible Mixed Media

A keen area of interest in the studio is decorating and design using combustible mixed media with ceramics.

Essentially, this is adding combustible and non-combustible materials to the clay as a way to enhance surface decoration.  After firing in the kiln the magic happens as the mixed media item burns away or is altered leaving amazing patterns and textures in the slip or clay that is left behind.

Combustible materials we might add are things like paper, wood, textiles, grains, seeds, plaster, poly balls & plant materials like moss.  Non-combustibles would be materials like grogs, perlite and recycled glass.  All theses materials make amazing patterns and textures in clay.

Surface Decoration

Here at Ceramic Forms we are big into surface decoration!

Whether its resists such as wax, paper or latex or coloured slip decoration like marbling, stencilling, spotting, feathering, sponging, slip trailing or maybe you’d like to try glazes with different finishes like gloss, reactive, crystalline, matt, satin or dry.  We have 60 + glazes available to students.

Beautiful mark marking can also be achieved by impressing with wallpaper, stones, shells, leaves, bark, textured rollers or fabric.  In addition,  surface techniques like inlaying, combing, sgraffito, carving, cutting, impressing, piercing, burnishing, modelling in relief, clay stamps or terra sigillata – can also be achieved.

All materials like slips, clay, glazes are included in course fees as well as firing and use of tools.

Ceramic wall tile by Bernie Walsh, Dublin based ceramic class. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com
Coil built ceramic vase by Cleo O'Neill, Dublin based ceramic class. Combustible mixed media detail. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com
Paper resist and coloured slip decoration in multiple layers by Emily O'Byrne. Dublin based weekend workshop. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

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